Master - Psychology: Health Psychology

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Are you interested in pursuing a career that requires you to possess an understanding of the psychological and biological factors impacting health and wellness? Northcentral University's Master of Arts in Psychology program with a specialization in Health Psychology could help you develop the clinical and analytical skills needed to reach this professional goal. Read on for more information about this online master's degree program.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Kind of Program Is It?

Northcentral University's Master of Arts in Psychology program with a specialization in Health Psychology combines a foundational education in psychology theories and systems with coursework providing study in the behavioral and psychosocial aspects of heath, illness, and nutrition. Specialization courses cover stress and pain management, rehabilitation and recovery methods for seriously ill patients, human behavior and nutrition, health promotion and illness prevention, and ways in which personality plays a role in health. Foundations coursework addresses major schools of thought in psychology, human development theories, physiological factors in cognitive and behavioral development, social psychology, and research methods. In the final capstone course, you will demonstrate your understanding of concepts and theories discussed in the program through extensive research into a specific health psychology topic.

What Are the Prerequisites?

Before enrolling in Northcentral University's Master of Arts in Psychology program with a specialization in Health Psychology, you must have a bachelor's degree. An academic background in psychology, health, or nutrition could be helpful, but is not required.

What Are the Course Requirements?

Northcentral University's Master of Arts in Psychology program with a specialization in Health Psychology requires the completion of 36 credits. A total of 21 credits are taken in foundations Master of Arts in Psychology coursework and 15 credits are earned in specialization courses.

Courses for a Master of Arts in Psychology with a specialization in Health Psychology

Course NumberCourse Title
Foundations Master of Arts in Psychology Courses
PSY 5101-8Foundations for Graduate Study in Psychology
PSY 5102-8History and Systems of Psychology
PSY 5103-8Professional Ethics, Law, and Psychology
PSY 5104-8Theories of Human Development and Functioning
PSY 5105-8Social Psychology
PSY 5106-8Biopsychology
PSY 5107-8Research Design
Specialization Courses
PSY 6301-8Health Psychology
PSY 6302-8Behavioral Nutrition
PSY 6303-8Stress and Coping
PSY 6304-8Coaching for Health and Wellness
PSY 6305-8Capstone Course: Health Psychology

What Could I Do After I Graduate?

Career Opportunities

As a graduate of Northcentral University's Master of Arts in Psychology program with a specialization in Health Psychology, you could pursue clinical, research, or consulting jobs in a variety of professional environments. You might oversee the development, analysis, and implementation of health programs, such as weight loss or smoking cessation programs in clinics, community health centers, hospitals, nonprofit health organizations, or nutrition centers. Positions you could pursue include:

  • Clinical Health Counselor
  • Health Service Manager
  • Public Health Program Analyst